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Well I was away from welding for a couple years but missed it and I'm finally back at it. I had some more pics of welds I've done and pics of what I've been building at work but for some reason it keeps giving me an error so I can only post these two. I was pretty shaky at first but these are looking a little better. Let me know what you think.
The second photo was a long bead that tied into a bead on the side so there was no crater. Camera just didn't feta wide enough picture to get it all.
I was just pulling your leg in commenting about no crater showing in the photo. I don't care if you get craters or not when practicing, as long as you are careful to not allow them to appear when structure welding.
It's kind of hard to see but that was pieces of angle I welded down. The second one you can see the top edge goes up to the edge of the angle without burning the edge away. In school, my teacher taught me to build up just a little it on that top edge for a little extra reinforcement. I've been trying but I just can't seem to do it. I keep burning the away rather than building up on top of it which makes it look less appealing. Any tips on trying to get that little bit of build of on the top edge without burning it away too much?